Milwaukee County Transit System (MCTS) bus driver Sharon Chambers engaged in a heroic act during her commute on Monday (June 13). Chambers spotted a 15-year-old girl flagging her down before discovering that the teen was attempting to escape a man who not only followed her, but also attempted to pull her into his car.
“I thought she was just running to catch the bus, but as she walked in front of the bus I noticed she was crying,” Chambers said in an interview with TMJ4. “I told her to get on the bus and let her know no one was going to mess with her on my bus.”
Chambers notified MCTS dispatch about the series of events before they relayed the information to police. The driver also called the girl’s grandmother as they waited for authorities. Video surveillance reveals that Chambers comforted the teen throughout the ordeal. “Don’t worry about it. You are safe. I will fight for you; no one is going to hurt you,” she said.
Now the 12-year veteran is receiving praise for her good work. County Executive Chris Abele publicly commended her, telling TMJ4, “Sharon Chambers is a wonderful example of how even small acts of kindness and compassion can have a large impact. Sharon, and all the other hardworking employees at MCTS and Milwaukee County, make me proud to live in Milwaukee and serve as county executive. Thank you, Sharon.”
In her recap of the event, Chambers revealed that she was shocked yet concerned about the teen’s safety. “The world today is just terrible,” she said. “There’s a lot happening, and for it to be right in my face like that, it was scary. But I wanted her to know that I was there for her.”